Welcome! I'm the Institute for Entrepreneurship & Competitive Enterprise Faculty Fellow, Associate Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship (with tenure), and co-chair of the PhD Program at the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University. Over the years, I have studied and lived in Shanghai, London, Toronto, Chicago, Helsinki, and Edmonton before joining IU. I got three degrees respectively from the London School of Economics, University of Toronto, and University of Alberta. In the interim, I also worked as a business consultant.


On this website, you will find information about my research, teaching, and service. Thanks for visiting! 

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EMLYON Interview where I shared some thoughts regarding research on optimal distinctiveness, social enterprises, and entrepreneurship, and some advices for early stage scholars.



(1) I am writing a book, tentatively titled "Optimal Distinctiveness: A New Approach to the Competitive Positioning of Organizations and Markets," for Cambridge University Press. 

(2) IACMR 2021 Junior Faculty and Doctoral Consortium being prepared!

Time: June, 2021

Location: TBD

(3) If you plan to apply for our PhD program and would like to work with me, please select "Strategic Management and Organization Theory" as your major as you navigate the application system



Strategy and Organization Theory, Institutional Theory, Social Entrepreneurship, International Entreprenuership, Emerging Markets, Cross-National Comparative Studies




Doctoral: Organization Theory

MBA: Developing Strategic Capabilities

Undergraduate: Strategic Management

Global Business Institute: Social Entrepreneurship



Deputy Editor: Organization & Environment

Senior Editor: Management and Organization Review

Editorial Board: AMJ, AMR, JOM, JBV

Reviewer for ASQ, Org. Sci., SMJ, ASR etc.

​现任Organization & Environment副主编,Management and Organization Review高级主编,AMJ, AMR,JOM,JBV编委会成员。

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